Presentation of the new tablet Apple iPad Air 2 and Apple iPad mini 3, presentation of mobile graphics cards GTX 970M and GTX 980M (Maxwell), the mobile Intel Core processors based on the architecture Broadwell, as well as the Google Nexus tablet 9, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and Lenovo Yoga Tablet – main news of October in the world of tablets and laptops.
New Year Eve launch new devices gradually begins. As you know, all over the world the majority of sales of personal electronics accounted for the Christmas holidays, so just before the New Year big vendors and markets the “hottest” new items.
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
Sony officially unveiled the tablet Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. Sony claims that this is the thinest (6.4 mm) and lightest (270 grams), compact tablet in the world. However, there is still a 6-mm tablet Dell Venue 8, 7000 Series, 6,1-mm Apple iPad Air 2 and a Hisense VIDAA PAD F5281, also the thickness of only 6.1 mm.
In addition, the distinctive feature of the Z3 Tablet Compact is also the compliance with the standards against dust and water IP65 and IP68 – he carries spray and immersion in water for half an hour and a half meters.
Diagonal IPS- matrix is 8 inches and a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels. Novelty is based on quad-core SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 with a clock speed of 2.5 GHz and a graphics co-processor Qualcomm Adreno 330, has 3 GB of RAM and 16/32 GB on the main drive.
Among the specifications is also worth noting the camera: 8.1 megapixel primary and 2.2 megapixel front. Software foundation supports Android 4.4.4. Available some additional features, for example, support for Remote Play PS4, allowing to use the tablet for the game on the console.
Worth Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact will be $ 490 for the base model without LTE and with 16 GB of onboard memory up to $ 560 for a model with LTE and 32GB of storage. There are two colors – black and white.
The long-awaited tablet Nexus 9 finally announced. October 15, Google introduced a 8.9-inch tablet running Android 5.0 Lollipop, which was developed with the participation of HTC. Of course, one of its main features – the latest version of the operating system, but the Nexus 9 can boast not only that.
Among other features, you can select a high resolution screen (2048×1536 pixels), productive chipset NVIDIA Tegra K1 and capacious battery (6700 mAh). Will be available three colors: black, white and sandy and three configurations: with 16 GB of memory for $ 399 with 32GB of storage for $ 479, and with 32 GB of memory and an optional LTE for $ 599.
Nexus 9 weighs 425 grams or 436 (versions Wi-Fi and LTE, respectively), and its dimensions are 153,68×228,25×7,95 mm. Just two days ago there was the opportunity to pre-order the Nexus 9 – for up to $ 730.
Lenovo updated its line of tablets Yoga Tablet, adding a few 8 and 10-inch Android OS devices and Windows. The display resolution on all models, regardless of the diagonal is 1920×1200 pixels. The plates are based on the quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 (Bay Trail) and have 16 or 32 GB of internal memory. 8-inch model has at its disposal a battery capacity of 6400 mAh, and the 10-inch – 9600 mAh.
Approximate prices for tablets will be the 8-inch Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 on Android with 16 GB of memory will cost $ 250, a 10-inch version – $ 300; 8-inch Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 on Windows with 16 GB of memory will be available for the same $ 250, and the 10-inch model on Windows, but has 32 bytes of internal memory – for $ 400.
Apple iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3
Apple devices are still the “trains” on the market of personal electronics and innovations every premier raises discussion and attracts the attention of even those who in other times is not interested in tablets, smartphones and laptops. So it was on October 16 when Apple introduced two updated tablet – Apple iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.
Apple iPad Air 2 has an updated processor Apple A8X, which according to Phil Schiller provides 40% higher performance CPU compared to the previous generation, and graphics performance – 2.5 times higher.
Appear in the network test results in different benchmarks confirm these words, moreover, in some tests iPad Air 2 shows the growth performance by as much as 68% compared with the previous model.
The battery life is not affected and remained at the same level – 10 hours of work, games or web browsing. The tablet is thinner, only 6.1 mm thick, in the center button is now integrated fingerprint reader Touch ID.
The screen resolution is not changed – the same 2048×1536 pixels, but the IPS-matrix received anti-glare coating.
iPad Air 2 modification Wi-Fi is available at a price of $ 499 for a model with 16 GB, priced at $ 599 for a model with 64 GB and priced at $ 699 for the model with 128 GB.
iPad Air 2 modification Wi-Fi + Cellular will be available at a price of $ 629 for a model with 16 GB, priced at $ 729 for a model with 64 GB and priced at $ 829 for the model with 128 GB.
As for Apple iPad mini 3, then update it received only a fingerprint reader Touch ID, drives another volume (16/64/128 GB), but additional variant colors – golden. Iron fillings remained the same, namely SoC Apple A7. 7.9-inch IPS-display has a resolution of 2048×1536.
iPad mini 3 modification Wi-Fi is available at a price of $ 399 for a model with 16 GB, priced at $ 499 for a model with 64 GB and priced at $ 599 for the model with 128 GB.
iPad mini 3 modification Wi-Fi + Cellular will be available at a price of $ 529 for a model with 16 GB, priced at $ 629 for a model with 64 GB and priced at $ 729 for the model with 128 GB.
NVIDIA officially introduced the mobile graphics card GeForce GTX 980M and GTX 970M based on the new architecture Maxwell, so several laptop manufacturers have updated their game series. Videoadapters received in 1280 and 1536 kernels NVIDIA CUDA (GTX 970M and GTX 980M, respectively), the clock frequency reaches 924 MHz and 1038 MHz.
According to the manufacturer, the new accelerator will give laptops gaming performance at the level of desktop PCs, as well as an increased duration of the battery.
GIGABYTE gaming laptops
GIGABYTE has introduced two new models based accelerators: P35X and P35W. Both devices are based on the Intel Core i7 processor of the fourth generation. Gigabyte P35X has 4 or 8 bytes of RAM, HDD up to 2 bytes or SSD up to 512GB, 15.6-inch display with Full HD or WQHD + (2880×1620) resolution and graphics card GTX 980M.
Model P35W version supports only Full HD resolution and the presence of video card GTX 970M.
ASUS ROG gaming laptops
Its line of gaming laptops called ROG (Republic of Gamers) updated ASUS, providing a model G751 (modification: G751JY, G751JT, G751JM). Laptops have a 17.3-inch IPS-display with Full HD resolution, anti-glare and LED backlight, and the model is equipped with a touch panel G751JM.
Available up to 32 bytes of RAM, up to 512GB SSD or up to 2 TB in HDD. The laptop is used G751JY processor Intel Core i7-4860HQ / I7-4710HQ and graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M with 4GB of memory GDDR5.
A model G751JT – Processor Intel Core I7-4710HQ and graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M with 3 GB of memory. Model ROG G751JM equipped with a processor Intel Core i7-4710HQ / I5-4200H) and graphics cards NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M with 2GB of memory.
In October, Lenovo excelled not only tablets, but the new laptops. For example, especially for fans of PC games was presented Y50. There are several modifications based on Intel Core fourth generation i7 with up to 16 GB of RAM to the hard drive and up to 1TB, hybrid drive 1TB SSD with 16GB or completely solid state drive capacity up to 512 GB.
A choice of two 15.6-inch display – with Full HD (1920×1080 pixels) or 4K (3840h2160 pixels) resolution, you can also select a touchscreen display. Graphic “power” of any of the modifications provided initial-game video accelerator NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M with 4 GB of video memory, so the game at maximum settings will slow down even in Full HD, and 4K display is useful at best for watching movies.
Lenovo also updated its notebook-transformer Yoga, presenting laptop Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, the main feature of which, in addition to the updated hardware filling, became even smaller dimensions – its thickness is only 12.8 mm and weighs 1.19 kg.
Lenovo Yoga Pro 3 is built on a next-generation processor Intel Core M (architecture Broadwell). Transformer has a touch IPS-display with a resolution of 3200×1800 pixels and is protected by a durable glass Gorilla Glass. Available storage capacity of 512 GB on a SSD, for memory – 8 GB of RAM.